Amy, Amy, Amy. Naturally, we were all excited to see one of the most successful British female singer-songwriters of all time, the winner of Grammies, Ivor Novellas, Brit Awards, MOJOs - nearly every award possible, perform in our home city. Sadly, our anticipation quickly turned to embarrassment mixed with disappointment at around the third song in, with complete strangers in the 10,000-strong crowd turning to share a cringe and then a chorus of boos at the poor sound quality and her total lack of stage presence. Whether or not the mic issues were down to Amy herself or the sound desk remains unclear, although the backing singer who took centre stage for three tracks while the Back to Black star disappeared behind the scenes could be heard perfectly. What was obvious was that Amy Winehouse did not want to be on that stage: her body language screamed bored, then dazed, then petrified and very, very lost: as she intermittently picked her nails, fiddled with her outfit and clutched her arm. Surprisingly, the show continued for the full hour and a half, after which crowds were met with frustrating hour-long taxi queues. A message to her management: watching a talent like this die on stage is excruciating. Remove her from the limelight for however long it takes for her full recovery: she will still pack a stadium in several years time.
" If some Amy Winehouse fans are upset with her performance in Dubai on Friday then rest assured that we are equally as upset. Whenever she performs the news media re-writes her career and speculation is rife about what her life is like at the moment - if any of her fans were disappointed we are sure she will be the one the most disappointed. All we can do is set up the production and accommodate the fans and then hope she delivers a show the fans will like - if you pay to attend you have a right to review and even dislike her show and that is the nature of live entertainment. When you attend an Amy Winehouse concert we would assume most people don't really know what to expect so as she performed all her hits, did a longer set than anticipated she and her management think she has delivered. Fans vote with their feet. Last night 10,000 fans saw her full length show complete with all her hits. Whether they decide to ever again attend another Amy Winehouse concert will be a matter for them to decide on and obviously something the artist will need to be considering. Amy Winehouse management has instructed us that no refunds should be accepted as this show was the same as the much praised Brazil shows in January. Whenever her management decides to issue a statement we will make that available to all media accordingly''
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Jim cafferky Feb 17, 2011 02:13 pm
Saw the Amy show last week and also the Jazz Festival show with Jools Holland last night
Chalk and cheese - no comparison.
Jools and the rest of the performers at the Jazz Festival were excellent - Jools was a powerhouse from start to finish and there were no gaps between the songs - Alison Moyet may not be the most live wire act but she showed how a subdued/still performance can still be entertaining - lessons for others here ! Im sure amy shows in the past have been much better (cant say as I have not seen her before) but she would not have had such support if they had been like the Dubai show.
Amy's show was really poor and the reaction from the pomoters equally bad. why is it the responsibility of Amy and her management to agree to refunds - bit llike turkeys voting for Thanksgiving or Christmas - Done should have the right to make such a decison on the refunds as the show was well below what anyone should expect.
Anyway thanks to Jules, Alison and Mica ( and the fabulous Ruby Turner - I have always liked Ruby but my wife had not heard her before - "I LIKE her" she said - a real bonus and a great performance - listening Amy ?) . some faith restored
Jim Caf Dubai
Jim cafferky Feb 17, 2011 04:58 am
Joelle Feb 15, 2011 06:55 am
'Last night 10,000 fans saw her full length show complete with all her hits' ????
At least half the crowd had left the venue 45 minutes after she started singing thinking she's in the shower..and my group was one of them!!
Everything was disapointing in this event:
1. We were held at the entrance because they did not have enough bracelets!!!!!!!!!!
2. The set up had a big square in the middle of the parking lot hiding the stage.
3. The performance
4. And from what i just read, DONE's response
Emma Feb 14, 2011 05:00 pm
I have never been more disappointed than I was on watching Amy Winehouse 'perform'. Not sure you can call it that, half the time she looked like rabbit caught in the headlights and forgetting words to songs she has written and performed was a sad sight. I have been going to gigs for many years now, seen new performers put on a better show than her! I contacted DONE Events and can honestly say the response I got was unacceptable. Yes I chose to go like 10,000 other people and expected a show! I have seen You Tube clips and was looking forward to this gig! It strikes me the phrase 'pass the buck' completely applies to DONE Events....The excuse of sound issues, I am afraid I don't believe that or why else did the backing singer who use her microphone, perform without issue!!! Paying 500dhs per ticket is an expensive mistake to make in trusting a company to provide a good night out. I didn't even bother to queue for a drink as from my understanding it took an hour!
At the moment as much as there are many artists I would like to see, the gigs are being provide by DONE Events and I will not be putting money into their pockets when they are so unwilling to provide some form of compensation for the disappointed fans!
I can only hope they listen but I am not holding my breathe on this!
SLD Feb 13, 2011 06:07 pm
FYI, a Facebook page will be created with the intention to boycott DONE Events. It is clear that they have decided to take no what so ever responsability in the pure cheat they have exposed us to.
We were 10000 strong, NOT a single satisfied fan and WILL claim our money back whether it will be directly or indirectly by closing them down for good!!